Death Duel of Mantis (1978)

  |  Action, Adventure, Comedy

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Hsiao Hai (Wa Chung Ting) works as a servant for wealthy businessman Tin Hai Lu (Fei Lung). Constantly bullied and abused in the marketplace, Hsiao finds himself taken under the personal ... See full summary »



  • Death Duel of Mantis (1978)
  • Death Duel of Mantis (1978)
  • Death Duel of Mantis (1978)
  • Death Duel of Mantis (1978)
  • Death Duel of Mantis (1978)
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26 February 2016 | ckormos1
| Some not so familiar faces film above average kung fu fun
The movie opens with the lead actor Ting Wa-Chung demonstrating his not so good kung fu skills. A fight breaks out in a casino and spills into the street and Ting is swept up in the action. The boss, Lung Fei as Master Lu, is impressed by Ting's fighting but the rest of his men show the new guy no respect. Ting is promoted to collecting protection money and he meets the girl, Kam Yin-Fei (only 2 movies and excellent fighting skills). He learns "Chicken Fist" from Master Lu so he can impress the girl. The gang war between the two masters escalates. The girl's father shows him a rooster fighting a praying mantis. He finally gets the girl's handkerchief, a condition for marriage. A challenger arrives at Master Lu's and our guy defeats him. He finally figures out the criminal activity he has been part of and has remorse. Ting Wa-Chung has excellent skills and acrobatic ability as good as any of the Five Venoms. He began his career at Shaw Brothers in 1975 in "Marco Polo". His first lead was in "Fantastic Magic Baby" from Shaw Brothers followed by "Monkey King with 72 Magic" from Taiwan. He had about 15 films during the golden age of martial arts movies. That makes him just another one of hundreds of guys as good as Jackie Chan that fate did not select to attain movie fame and fortune. This movie is certainly worth watching and I rate it a solid 7 out of 10.

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